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Jewish: Hijab gave me voice

By Talya Leodari (Jewish-USA) I participated in World Hijab Day and it was a good experience that I will repeat. I live in a very small, very Christian town.  There were some strange looks and people were staring at me – and then looking away quickly when they realized I saw them looking. A few people seemed surprised that I spoke …

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Teacher becomes student

By Cyndy  (Catholic-USA) Teaching world history allows me to encourage students to look at past and current events through diverse perspectives. In doing so, my hope is that one day students will use their voices to raise awareness through understanding, compassion, and empathy for people around the world. It is the power of knowledge that will overcome the misconceptions that …

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Empowerment and Equality Through a Piece of Cloth

By  Priyanka Mogul (Non-Muslim, UK) When I put on the hijab and covered up, I wasn’t spending my day worrying about what I looked like. It gives you a sense of confidence that you can only gain through learning to appreciate yourself for more than just your physical appearance. It makes you feel secure in a way that is very …

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People looked me in the eyes rather than my body

By Nancy (Jewish-Nebraska, USA) Thanks to my dear friend Faouziya, I learned about and participated in my first World Hijab Day. It was a wonderful and eye opening experience! I received a few stares at the grocery store, however the majority of people I encountered were kind and acted normally towards me. The biggest difference I experienced was that when I …

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A token of acceptance

By Barbara Poley (Australia) We had a wonderful event in Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia introducing many skeptical women to the joy of wearing hijab. After the event we received the following message from one of the participants: Dear friends, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for inviting us to learn more about you at your World Hijab Day …

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You are half of my dignity

By Bianca ‘Aaisha’ Leclairage (Sweden) My beautiful strong willed sisters, you are half of my dignity. You carry yourselves with the most modesty and self love. Even though there is so much misunderstandings and hatred towards you, you should know that I and many other admire your strength. I am a convert and it’s the most beautiful feeling to know what …

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Atheist: Hijab is sacred

By Emilie Chetty (Atheist-London, UK) Today,  I wore the Hijab. It was so easy to put on and I actually really enjoyed wearing it. I thought it would be a bit uncomfortable but it was nice and cosy. I really want to support all the girls who wear it and I don’t like the fact that a lot of people tease …

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Modesty has been lost in the West

By Tara okeefe (Non-Muslim, Canada) I am wearing a hijab in support of women from all corners of the world in their freedom of choice to wear what they want. I think that any woman who wears a hijab for their own personal reasons is amazingly strong and their confidence is something to be admired. Unfortunately modesty is something that has …

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